Bill Parcells: Can He Turn Around Miami?
by Jennifer Jordan
Despite not going winless, no one can really say the Miami Dolphins had a good season: a 1-15 record is only good when the numbers are reversed. Now, with the off season prematurely here, Miami has already begun making changes. Most notably, Cam Cameron has been fired and Bill Parcells has been hired.
But wait, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. He might be known as one of the most prolific head coaches in NFL history, but Bill Parcells won’t be coaching the Miami Dolphins…at least, not yet.
Instead, Bill Parcells has recently been named the Executive Vice President of Football Operations. What does this mean? Yeah, we really have no idea. But, it has to be good.
To put it bluntly, having Bill Parcells involved in any organization is a plus. The Big Tuna can do a lot for the Dolphins: these fish just might belong together.
Why do we say this? Well, if you’re a Bill Parcells fan you probably agree with our assertion: Parcells is the NFL. Even those who don’t watch football, those who opt to turn the channel to Lifetime on Sunday afternoons, know his name. Yes, he’s that good.
For those who aren’t Bill Parcells fans, bear with us: the following reasons are why we think if anyone can turn around Miami, it’s him:
He Knows a Good Coach when He Sees One: When it comes to being a patriarch of modern NFL coaches, Bill Parcells is like a mini version of Bill Walsh. Like Walsh, several coaches who served as assistants to Parcells went on to make big names for themselves. Among the former Parcells’ assistants are Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants, Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints, Eric Mangini of the New York Jets, Romeo Crennel of the Cleveland Browns, Al Groh of the University of Virginia, and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. Perhaps you’ve heard of them, especially that last team.
He has a ton of Experience: A veteran of the game, Bill Parcells is nothing if not knowledgeable. With a 183-138-1 overall record, he’s obviously coached a game or two. He also has two Super Bowl victories, an AFC championship, and two NFC championships under his belt.
As for accolades, he’s received enough to paper a locker room. He was named AP NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1994, Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year in 1986, Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996, Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1997, and UPI NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1994. In addition, he was named to the NFL 1990’s All Decade Team. All this means one thing: experience is seeping out of the Big Tuna’s fins.
He Wasn’t Done Yet: When Bill Parcells retired in 2006 as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, many people speculated as to why. Some thought he wanted more money from the organization, others believed he was driven out by the addition of Terrell Owens, and his attitude. Whatever his reasons, it seemed odd. Not only had Parcells helped turn around a Dallas organization, but he also found an up-and-coming star in Tony Romo: things, it appeared, were just starting to get good.
But, Bill Parcells walked away, leaving us to believe he left too soon. Now, as Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins, perhaps he’s launched his comeback tour. If that’s the case, we want front row seats.